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Doug Piatt

Baseball ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

It takes special talents to reach the highest professional ranks in any sport. To do it in such a sport as baseball from this region is downright remarkable, considering the abbreviated schedules in this part of the country do not allow a lot of experience to be gained. But Doug Piatt overcame all obstacles en route to a brief, but highly successful, stint in the big leagues. At Beaver High School, he lettered four years on the diamond. His last year, in 1983, Doug helped the Bobcats win the WPIAL Championship, with the team then going all the way to the PIAA Finals before losing. Doug was 10-2 that season, and when he wasnít on the mound, played a rock solid third base. Following graduation, Doug headed to Panama City in Florida to play at Gulf Coast Community College. In 1984, Doug was a third round choice of St. Louis in the winter draft, but he didnít sign. He left Gulf Coast to attend Western Kentucky University on scholarship, where he enjoyed great success. He was named Pitcher of the Month for a series of outstanding performances. In 1988, Doug signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Indians. He showed earned run averages of 2.21 with Waterloo, 2.51 with Kingston, and 0.51 with Watertown as he climbed the Indiansí chain. He also earned Pitcher of the Month four different times those two seasons. That interested Montreal, who traded for him in the final month of the 1989 season. Doug opened with West Palm Beach in 1991 and had a 0.99 ERA with nine saves and made the Florida State League All Star Game. But he never played in the game as he was promoted to Jacksonville where he again shined with a 2.20 ERA and six saves. Doug was placed on the Montrealís 40 man major league roster for 1991. Playing with AAA Indianapolis, he had 61 strikeouts and 13 saves in 47 innings, with a 3.45 ERA. That brought him a promotion to Montreal, where he made his debut on June 11, 1991. He tossed two shutout innings against Cincinnati. Doug appeared in 21 games with the Expos that season, showing a fine ERA of 2.60. He struck out 29 in 34.2 innings. He didnít make it back to the majors, but he accomplished what so few do. Doug resides in Leetsdale with his wife Beth. They have five sons: Deon, James, Nigel, Isaiah, and Caleb.